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Bishop Museum makes cuts

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HONOLULU (KHNL) - The weak economy and cuts in state funding are forcing the Bishop Museum to reduce operations and lay off more workers.

"Unfortunately it's a dramatic downturn in the economy and community as well as our nation, require us to make adjustments so that we can continue to offer the programs and support services that we do in the community right now," said Blair Collis, senior vice president.

Beginning next month, the museum will close each Tuesday, instead of being open daily. Also closing to the public, at least temporarily, is the Hawaii Maritime Center.

"We saw a loss of about half a million dollars in our state funding this year, which may expand further next year. We also saw a loss in our investment income of a quarter million dollars," said Collis.

That means layoffs and furlough of staff to cut costs. Officials haven't determined how many of their more than 200 workers will be affected. But just last summer, the museum laid off 14 employees.

This is the second time this week the economy has made an impact in Hawaii. Midweek let go of 23 workers and is dropping its Friday edition. And the Honolulu Star-Bulletin will offer just a morning delivery come Monday.

"It makes us very sad knowing that everyone's being impacted by the economy including the Bishop Museum," said Rachael Jones, museum visitor.

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